As an overseas worker, all the upheavals that you’ll go through at the start can be overwhelming. Stress can lead you to overeating, or not eating healthily at all. On top of that, if you were doing any type of exercise, your routine’s disturbance can be the death knell of that. If you’re a healthcare professional, particularly if you’re a nurse, you might say that you’re already on your feet all day and that’s all the exercise you need. Let me just say au contraire.
For nurses, Yoga is the best exercise to erase the knots formed by repetitive motion. It also promotes meditation, which in turn is phenomenal when it comes to reducing stress – according to studies. You don’t need to subscribe to all those mumbo-jumbo expensive soccer-mom-type of yoga lifestyle merchandise. To dip your toes, so to speak, try getting free apps in iOS or Android. Better yet, if your gym offers a free trial session, avail of it!
I hate running. I’d rather climb mountains or straddle a knife-edge cliff than voluntarily run a mile. This was my mindset before I joined a local hiking club. Unfortunately, they required running as a preparation before any climb. So I ran and cursed them for it. Before I knew it I was hooked. I now prefer running over any exercise, well, except for hiking and non-technical climbing. Running helped me develop my focus on the now. I’m a writer and losing myself in some ephemeral future is too easy; looking back with melancholy is a given. The focus that running required helped me harness my mind to concentrate on what needs to be done in the present.
Exercise = Meditation
Exercise as a form of meditation is not a strange thing. There is a zen-kind of focus that you get especially when you push your body beyond what you think you can bear. Doing one or more stride in a run when your mind is screaming obscenities at you will build up your willpower like nothing can. It’s also effective at driving all of your problems from your mind. Pain will make your brain forget everything, including your boss or that bratty patient in Room #103. Ultimately, exercise will improve your mood and alleviate feelings of anxiety.